New Kraftwerk album coming "soon"

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It’s been nine long years between artist albums for followers of German icons Kraftwerk. When Tour de France Soundtracks came out in 2003, it was the first full studio album from the group since 1986, so fans are accostumed to the waiting game.

However, according to Ralf Hütter – the only remaining original member of Kraftwerk – that long-anticipated 11th artist album is close. In an interview with The New York Times, Hütter revealed that the new album has a release date of…”soon”. “We didn’t fall asleep,” he told the interviewer. “The 168-hour week is still going on since the beginning, since 1970.”

The interview with the usually publicity-shy Kraftwerk leader happened during the group’s ‘Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8’ stint at New York’s Museum of Modern Art this month. The ‘eight albums in eight nights’ concept and affordable price ($US25) inspired a mad scramble for tickets back in February, which descended into a massive technical meltdown for the online ticket provider Showclix. “Take heart, Interwebs: not even MoMA staff is immune to #Kraftwerk ticket FAIL,” Tweeted one employee of the museum. “Success rate in the office near zero.” But hey, Kim Kardashian got a ticket.

Kraftwerk’s eight night run at MOMA saw Hütter and co. utilise 3D technology for the performances (the 3D glasses came in a custom Kraftwerk slipcase, which is a pretty great start), with each member decked out in their customary neon-piped scuba suits. Now they’re done celebrating their past, here’s hoping the group really does pull through on that future album. How do you think Kraftwerk would sound in 2012?